Things in Scots: Gies a Scots Phrase Day

According to Scottish Twitter, it’s #GiesAScotsPhraseDay (give us a Scots phrase) today! And, luckily for me, it’s a Things in Scots post day!

As I can’t think of a complete Scots phrase in Running the Asset (off the top of my), other than stick the heid oan, I’ll share this one with you.

Monie a mickle maks a muckle.

Breaking it down

Monie means many.

Mickle means large, but it can also mean small (yip, it can be confusing sometimes!)

Maks means makes.

Muckle means large… see, confusing!

What the phrase means is many wee things add up to something bigger. Some say that it means every little help. I prefer the first version when I’m facing a massive task *cough* editing. (I’ve used this phrase before when talking about productivity… thanks for the reminder, Brian!)

That’s it for this week

I hope this wee switch-up for this week’s instalment was fun for you. If you’d like to see some more Scots phrases, check out the tag on Twitter.

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If you want to see more Scots posts, check out the original series, Things in Scots.

Thanks for reading. Take care, and I hope to see you next week for more Things in Scots on Fiction Friday!

Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

6 thoughts on “Things in Scots: Gies a Scots Phrase Day

  1. bushboy says:

    I am sure that Jez had that as I have seen it before but couldn’t remember what it meant 🙂

    1. When I wrote the post I kept thinking I’d shared it before. It was in an Author Journal update a wee while back. Thanks for the reminder 💖

  2. Chris Hall says:

    I know the phrase in equivalent English. No idea where I picked that up!

    1. 😀 Just one of those things!

  3. Interesting that different word can mean the same, but can also mean opposites!

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